EN 361 - Origins of U.S. Literature (1492-1865)
(3 cr.) At the heart of our national literature lies a complex early narrative. It contains darker issues with an unresolved past, conflicting histories, encounters with the other, our Calvinist relationship with Nature and nature, a mixed psychology as colonials and revolutionaries, and the tension between our aspiration to be the city on the hill and the realities of life on the edge of wilderness. It also contains the exuberance of the new Adam (and Eve), where we can start the story over again and again. This course invites students to test and interrogate these ideas by reading authors in the founding traditions of U.S. literature, such as Charles Brockden Brown, Phillis Wheatley, Susanna Rowson, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathanial Hawthorne and Mary Rowlandson. Prerequisite: one course from EN level 200; Every Other Year, Spring

Fall 2016